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More than 20 leaders at Rutgers University, including Rutgers University-New Brunswick Chancellor Deba Dutta, will join Gov.-elect Philip D. Murphy’s Transition committees to undertake policy analysis and recommendations on a host of state issues and new initiatives as the new gubernatorial administration prepares to take office.

The committees, composed of policy experts and leaders in their respective fields, will meet throughout New Jersey over the next two months.

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New Jersey families hoping to send their children to college continue to face a perfect storm of declining income, cuts in state support to public colleges and universities, and steadily increasing tuitions and student fees. New Jersey has cut funding for higher education by 23.5 percent since 2008 when adjusted for inflation, a decrease of more than $2,200 per studentaccording to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). These cuts have driven up tuition and student fees, undermined educational quality and made it harder for the state to attract businesses that rely on a well-educated workforce.

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